2018 Madison Regionals

Dates: June 2-3
Location: Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Attendance: 732 Masters
Format: Standard BRT-FOL

This was the final US Regional of the 2017-18 season. 33 Masters advanced to Day 2.


Day 2 CP share
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Day 2 placements
Day 2 final standings
  1. Igor Costa, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  2. Will Mantho, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  3. Jake Ewart, Greninja BREAK
  4. Ian Robb, Buzzwole/Garbodor BPT/Order Pad
  5. Caleb Gedemer, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  6. Xander Pero, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  7. Zack Taylor, Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  8. Joe Ruettiger, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  9. Michael Pramawat, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  10. Ahmed Ali, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  11. Wesley Hollenberg, Buzzwole/Garbodor BPT/Order Pad/Hala
  12. Jimmy Pendarvis, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  13. Brendan Acri, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  14. Alex Schemanske, Greninja BREAK
  15. Aaron Tarbell, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  16. Jimmy Taylor, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  17. Ethan Wilson, Malamar/Necrozma-GX/Mewtwo-GX/ Marshadow-GX
  18. Sam Chen, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  19. Kyle Sabelhaus, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  20. Ryan Sabelhaus, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  21. Nolan Freda, Lapras-GX
  22. Connor Foster, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  23. Michael Slutsky, Greninja BREAK
  24. Tye Pellechia, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  25. Conner LaVelle, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  26. Jonathan Merchan, Malamar/Necrozma-GX/Marshadow-GX/Sudowoodo GRI
  27. Chris Taporco, Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  28. Adler Pierce, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  29. Nick Capobianco, Lapras-GX
  30. Kolton Day, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Shaymin SLG/Sudowoodo BPT/Counter Energy
  31. Ryne Morgan, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX with 3 Judge
  32. Ryan Hurley, Malamar/Necrozma-GX/Mewtwo-GX
  33. Kidd Starck, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor/Kartana-GX with 2 Mewtwo EVO

  • With his win here, Igor Costa tied Israel Sosa's record for most Regional wins by a player in a single season (three). (Sosa set the record in 2014.) Costa also became the fourth player to win six or more US Regionals, after Michael Pramawat, Ryan Sabelhaus, and Sosa.
  • Griffin Pepin became the first player in history to go 0-0-9 in Day 1 Swiss at a Regional. He played Zoroark-GX/Sylveon-GX.

Stream matches
A stream was provided by Dead Draw Gaming, with casting by Kirk Dube, Russell LaParre, Travis Nunlist, and Jeffrey Surran. PokéStats provided deck profiles and statistics onscreen between matches. 

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All Day 2 decklists are available in text form from RK9Labs at this link

Igor Costa, 1st - Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX

Xander Pero, 6th - Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX

Michael Pramawat, 9th - Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
Same list as Pero's -1 N +1 Cynthia

Michael Slutsky, 23rd - Greninja BREAK
The backwards card is a second Staryu.
Player notes:
  • "[Tapu Fini-GX] was insane, and I actually would not have won some of the games I did without it. Tapu Storm GX is insanely clutch."
    • "In one of my games against Ahmed Ali, he went first, Elixir'd and attached to a Rockruff, and then put it Active. On my turn, I went for the Fini play and GX'd it back into his deck, wasting an Elixir and attachment from him, weakening his board, and negating the Lycanroc threat."
    • "Fini was insanely good at getting rid of early pressure from a big Buzz as well. Often times, after Water Duplicates, I'd only get one or two Greninja down, and would [use Tapu Storm GX] to buy myself the turn to get into the ideal board state and just sweep."
  • "I honestly didn't use Mew-EX that much, but that's more because I bricked aggressively against Buzz every time I played it... I wouldn't cut it though... Joey [Ruettiger] says it's good, so I'd keep it"
    • "I most likely [would cut the Mew-EX if people continue playing heavier counts of Buzzwole FLI]. It seems like much more of a liability against those decks, but idk what I would play instead. Maybe a third Enhanced Hammer? Second Rescue Stretcher? 12th Supporter? Espeon-EX? There was nothing I ever really needed."
      • "I would not run a second Starmie, a Max Potion, or a Rare Candy."

Chris Taporco, 27th - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX

Adler Pierce, 28th - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
Rockruff are 2 FLI, 1 GRI

Ryne Morgan, 31st - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX with 3 Judge

Zach Zamora, 44th - Zoroark-GX/Alolan Exeggutor

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